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Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots

Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots
Gaerne Balance Oiled Dual Sport Boot
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Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots What more can we say on the Gaerne Balance Oiled Boot- We get the call at least once a week: I have a DXKRLGZS 400/650/800/950/1200. Do you have a boot that is softer than an MX boot, but has more protection than a street touring boot? Something that will keep me from breaking my ankle but will let me walk? We do, and it is one of the best boots in the world: The Gaerne Balance.

We gush over Gaerne Balance boots so much because they blend super high quality materials - this cannot be overstated - with great fit, good protection, and just enough flex to comfortably wear and walk in, all day.

The Balance are made from MX boot leather, which is about 30% thicker than street boot leather. They have sturdy buckles and enough height to clamp onto your lower leg firmly. These factors distribute twisting force up through the boot structure. A plastic shin plate reduces the amount of fold / distortion in the leather, stiffening it further. On the other hand, they are light in weight and have a soft, easy-to-walk-in sole. They split the middle ground perfectly between street boots and MX boots.

Gaerne probably has the best fit in the world, and the comfort of these is outstanding. The entire upper of the boot is made from 5 pieces, so very few seams. This allows the boot to crease without pressure points. Best of all, they have a wide toebox, and are great for people with wide feet (unlike Sidi's...).

There are two versions of the Balance: this is the Oiled version, with an oiled leather that is a little softer, and features a waterproof liner. There is also the Pro Tech version, which uses standard leather, is a little stiffer, non-waterproof, and costs about $100 less. Both are BOMBER recommended.
  • Super-high quality full grain oil-tanned leather - probably the best boot leather in the world
  • Wide toebox - great for wide footed riders
  • 3 alloy replaceable buckles
  • Waterproof / breathable Drytech liner
  • Gum rubber sole for grip and easy walking
Other BOMBER Reviews Average BOMBS Rating review  Launch All Reviews 5 26
starrating Excellent Boots
Great fitting boots right out of the box. Only used them 4 times in the 2 weeks I've had them but am really happy with the fit and quality of these boots. Also the soles are super grippy on the pegs. As others have noted they are also comfortable to walk in. Highly recommended!
  Reviewed by:   from Sacramento, CA. on 4/2/2014
starrating Completely waterproof!
I ordered these boots over the winter and shoveled snow to help break them in. One day when it really warmed up there was a lot of slush and water at the end of the driveway which put the boots to the waterproof test. I can testify that they are 100% waterproof! Two or three inches of standing water that I'm wading through and my feet were completely dry. That gives me a load of confidence as I use them this year. Of course now that the riding season is here I've been in them most every day. They're not completely broken in yet, but they are not at all uncomfortable and everything I've read tells me they will only get softer and more comfortable. This is the first full-size motorcycle boots I've worn but they're quite comfortable. I'm wondering what they'll be like in hot weather but if they breath as advertised, I'll have no trouble. Another aspect I really appreciate is the buckle system. No matter what people say, velcro eventually wears out and becomes less "sticky." With the three buckle system I will not have to worry about that happening (unlike my earlier pair of boots). If you're wondering if all the hype about these boots has any truth to it I can tell you that it's not hype - just facts. These really are everything you want in a comfortable, waterproof, dualsport boot. Of course buying through Atomic-Moto was a good choice too. They really are "boot geeks!" (that's a good thing by the way)
  Reviewed by:   from Spokane, Washington. on 4/1/2014
starrating Gaerne Oiled boots
I had them shipped regular mail and received them in under 2 weeks. They are size 12 , quite wide with thick soft leather. A little snug, but I vary between 12 and 13. I think they will fit perfectly after being worn a bit. The buckles are much better quality and they are nicely lined.Nicely stitched. I tried them out on an ice oval and the soles were a little too sticky for foot dragging. I spent an hour wearing them off the bike while I adjusted suspension and moved a lever and they were very comfortable. They are a bit lighter and shorter than a MX boot and I can feel the shift lever and brake.
  Reviewed by:   from Regina, Saskatchewan. on 3/30/2014
starrating So Close!
So far these seem like a great boot! I ordered the wrong size to begin with, but after a quick phone call got a new pair sent out in the correct size. Boots are comfortable out of the box, but I'm sure a littel bit of wearing in will make the fantastic. I only gave 4 stars, as the ratchet mechanism on buckles seems a little fiddly
  Reviewed by:   from Utah. on 3/11/2014
starrating so comfortable, I wore them all night at home!
I got my Gaerne Balance oiled boots super fast. I was en route to ride that weekend with friends. These are my first-ever motorcycle boots. I tried them on, and they were so comfortable, I wore them all night at home! The ride that Sunday was a mix of single-track and trails, with a few fire roads. I rode thirty plus miles that day. The boots were awesome! Worth every penny, and no problem shifting or staying on pegs. We crossed creeks and mud puddles, and my feet stayed 100% dry. Love these boots! Would highly recommend them :-)
  Reviewed by:   from NorCal. on 3/4/2014
starrating Dual Sport
Fast shipping, size 9, 43EU fit my wide foot fine. Looks to be top quality & craftsmanship. First purchase, thanks guys, I'll be back!
  Reviewed by:   from Ohio. on 2/11/2014
starrating Best quality boots
US size 10 44.5 fit me fine. I'll just reiterate what everyone else says about these - all true so far. Essentially no break-in. I got them for 80% street (KTM SMT) 20% dual sport, and I think they will work great for that. If I need more protection off road, I've got an old pair of HiPoint MX boots. However, as much as guys comment that there is minimal ankle protection, I'd have to say the HiPoint leather thickness and protection seems about the same. This might change as the Oileds break in more, but right now they seem to offer the same impact and torsional resistance. They are shorter than the HiPoints, but that means they fit under jeans OK for stealth street action. No chance to try them in my area, so Atomic Moto seemed the right place to order. First time customer, but I'll be back. Nice phone transaction to help with sizing, and they asked about my intended use for the boots, so I sense they want to help you get the appropriate gear for the job. Expensive kit, but I rarely regret paying for quality gear.
  Reviewed by:   from Houston. on 1/18/2014
starrating Perfect light dual sport boot
Everything you hear about how comfortable these boots are is absolutely true. I was amazed at the quality of the leather and materials to conform and stretch to fit my abnormally wide 4E feet, not comfortable out of the box but within a few days I felt I could walk out of anywhere I could get myself on my little Yamaha. These are perfect for me, a 250 rider who likes to explore forest service roads at low speeds and also commute around town. But those with bigger, heavier bikes or those who are aggressive trail riders might not be as protected from injury. The boots have a lot of flexibility, the ankle has full motion like a stiff work boot but with impact padding internally and burly metal clasps on the outside, and the sole is stiff but no full metal shank, and only light internal plastic protectors at the toe and heel. That being said they do look awesome and along with the comfort means I have no problems putting them on anytime I ride anywhere and that is a very underestimated feature with motorcycle boots and protective gear. If you don't want to wear it all the time It can't protect you all the time. The quality of workmanship and materials is obvious and after my 200 mile ride in the rain yesterday where the only warm and dry part of my person was my feet they are definitely waterproof. My experience with Atomic Moto was also great, I followed their recommendations for sizing and was not disappointed, I look forward to being a bomber for life.
  Reviewed by:   from Eugene, Oregon. on 9/27/2013
starrating Comfortable boots!
Only had these boots for about a week but so far they are great! The leather is a little darker than the pictures but I think they will lighten up over time. Also, as some have stated, this is the type of leather that when you brush, scratch, or rub it it leaves a "mark" in the leather, I don't mind as it lightens the leather some but I'm sure it would buff out with some leather soap and a buffer. Other than that, the clasps are nice, inner liner is nice, and I'm just waiting to really get to use them to break them in!
  Reviewed by:   from Louisiana. on 9/24/2013
starrating Money well spent Thanks AM
Purchased my boots on the web 9/18/13, they showed up 9/21/13. Atomic-moto was one of the only sites that carried the Balance Oiled boots in size 14 (49). AND, they had a great price, better than all of the other sites that I checked. I am so glad that I found these guys thru posts and positive feedbacks on the ADV forum. Boots fit and finish is perfect and they are so comfortable. I asked my wife if I could wear them to bed tonight as I do not want to take them off of my feet. I fully expect to have these boots for life they are of such high quality. If you are thinking about them, but them, you will not be disappointed. Regards, Pete - Chandler, AZ, BMW R1200 GS/A
  Reviewed by:   from Chandler, AZ. on 9/21/2013